A visit to Emerald Farm in Greenwood, South Carolina, will leave you amazed that one woman could possibly manage so many animals and hobbies while staying relaxed, dedicated to a healthy lifestyle, and content in her impressive and popular environment.
Kathy Zahn almost seems to know something about everything, but she’s a particular expert in Saanen goats. Saanen goats originated in Switzerland and are known for their excellent milk, which is good for drinking or for making cheese. This milk is used at Emerald Farm for making soap and all kinds of good-for-you products. Check out the list here. Yes, shipping is available.
Kathy also enjoys the many peacocks that roam around her house, in her yard and throughout the 75 acres of tree-studded pastureland. The peacocks were fun to watch, especially when their distinctive feathers were on grand display. But, the peacocks are also joined on the farm by llamas, cows, ducks, chickens, and even honeybees.
A shop for gifts and antiques contains many treasures, and guests are allowed to wander through the herb garden. Be sure to notice the handcrafted birdhouses for sale.
A separate building houses a Train and Hobby Shop, and upstairs is a jaw-dropping display of model trains running along yards and yards of tracks in the Model Railroad Clubhouse. Outside there is a real train you can ride around the property, complete with a small waiting area set up like a real train station. Tickets to ride are $2.75, and you’ll get a great view of the whole farm during the trip.
It’s easy to understand why Emerald Farm is popular for school groups on field trips. The farm can even be booked for a birthday party or other special gathering of people wanting to take advantage of the picnic area or the pavilion by the pond.
Admission and parking are both free, and visitors are welcome from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For a guided tour, you’ll need to call for a reservation. Check the website for further details.
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